Rachel Pollack (Brooklyn, 1945) is the author of thirty books of fiction and non-fiction, most recently Tarot Wisdom and Tarot of Protection. She is a poet, an award-winning novelist, an authority on the modern interpretation of Tarot cards, and a Tarot card artist.
Her novel Godmother Night won the 1997 World Fantasy Award and was described by Kirkus Reviews as “a magical exploration of the deepest roots of life and death.” Her earlier novel, Unquenchable Fire, won Britain's Arthur C. Clarke Award, and was described by The New York Review of Science Fiction as "not only the best fantasy of the year, possibly the best of the decade, and the best feminist novel of the decade." Her non-fiction book, Seeker, won the COVR Award for best book on divination at the 2006 International New Age Trade Show.
She has published fifteen books on Tarot and divination, including 78 Degrees of Wisdom, considered a modern classic and “the Bible of Tarot reading.” She also has written on other non-fiction subjects, including The Body of the Goddess, which traces the origin and development of religion in the human body and nature.
She is also a visual artist; she is the creator of The Shining Tribe Tarot, which she wrote and illustrated herself.
Her books have been published in fourteen languages.
She teaches in the MFA program at Goddard College.